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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Clinton High School is announcing they will not participate in Varsity Football for the 2021 season

Clinton High School is announcing today that they will not participate in Varsity Football for the 2021 season. Due to the lack of adequate number of varsity level players, concerns for physical safety of athletes and the need to restart a program that has lost 31 varsity games in a row, this difficult decision was made.

CHS will declare to the Missouri State High School Activities Association today that they will not participate in the Class 3 District and State competition for this year. As part of this one year program decision, Clinton High School will participate in Junior Varsity level Football only for the ‘21 season, including already scheduled conference games. The goal of this decision is to spend a year developing a team of primarily younger players to more appropriately compete at the varsity level in the future.

Head Coach Kevin LaFavor said, “In the long-term development of football in Clinton, we felt like this decision needed to be made in the best interest of our student-athletes. Competing at the junior varsity level only for a year gives us time to develop our players both mentally and physically. This will give us the restart needed to be competitive starting with the ‘22 football season.”

Clinton High School and district-level administrators agree that this is what is best for the football program at this time. At a meeting Monday night, Activities Director Alex Johnson worked with CHS football staff, parents and players to work through any concerns. Johnson stated, “We want our student-athletes and coaches in the sport of football to find success both on and off the field. This decision helps them to develop as young men both in the sport of football and as leaders for our school and community.”

Questions or concerns regarding this may be directed to Alex Johnson, Clinton District Activities Director at ajohnson@clintoncardinals.org